As Recount Begins, Oz Declares “Presumptive Win” in GOP Senate Primary Race

Recounting began Friday in the too-close-to-call Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, with barely 900 votes separating celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick.

Montour County began the recount Friday, one of seven counties that said they would start right away. Most of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have said they will begin next week, with a Wednesday deadline to start.

The race triggered Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The Associated Press will not declare a winner in the race until the recount is complete on June 8.

Meantime, in a video statement, Oz declared victory calling himself “blessed to have earned the presumptive Republican nomination” and called it a “tough campaign.”

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